The following table compares some key features between various versions of Visio.

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Feature comparison

Key:  Feature included  Included      Feature not included  Partially included

Collaboration and sharing

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Save diagrams to OneDrive for business and view diagrams from virtually anywhere online​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Co-author, edit, and comment on diagrams in real time within the Visio web app

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

See where co-authors are working in the canvas with a simple presence indicator

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Create, view, edit, and collaborate on diagrams within Microsoft Teams1

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

View and share diagrams connected to real-time data

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Embed Visio diagrams into Power BI dashboards and connect those diagrams to Power BI data2

Feature not included

Feature included

Feature included

1 Requires a Microsoft 365 subscription to use Microsoft Teams

2 Requires a Power BI subscription for editing

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Intelligent diagramming

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Use almost any browser to create, edit, and share diagrams​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Start with a simple Getting Started experience and powerful search

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Add flyout shapes, insert and delete shapes with connection healing, and change shapes while preserving diagram layout and shape metadata

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Enjoy familiar layout features, such as auto align and distribute, and Smart Guides

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Choose from a variety of starter diagrams and get up to speed quickly with contextual tips and tricks

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Use Document Stencil to create a collection of shapes and quickly use them in your document

Feature included

Get support for ruler, layers, and grids on canvas

Feature included

Leverage the power of the ShapeSheet to describe visual relationships between elements in your diagram​

Feature included

Validate your structured diagrams against pre-defined rules and fix the issues identified

Feature included

Create a report of shape data that lists the text or data that is associated with your shapes

Feature included

Use Drawing Explorer to view and alter objects and elements in your drawing

Feature included

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

User experience and features

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

AutoSave your work—enabled by default for Visio for the web diagrams​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Use touch to work more naturally on a touch-enabled device​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

View shapes in full fidelity online with intuitive pan and zoom functionality

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Save diagrams locally in PNG or JPEG format with customization options for resolution, background color, transparency, and size​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Add hyperlinks to shapes that redirect to external sites, email addresses, files stored online, or pages within the same file​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Edit shapes using Control Points, and easily apply themes to create modern diagrams

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Export diagrams in SVG format with an option to include or exclude their Visio data

Feature included

Navigate through commands with Tell Me integration

Feature included

Use your finger or pen to draw and annotate on a touch-enabled device​

Feature included

Apply shape effect options, like shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Feature included

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Templates, stencils, and shapes

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Use templates for basic flowcharts, process diagrams, and block diagrams ​to create impactful stories​

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Choose from dozens of built-in, versatile templates and stencils, including Basic, MatrixCyclePyramid, and Venn

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Annotate your shapes with informative text by attaching callouts to shapes

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Visualize relationships  between phases and functions using a cross-functional flowcharts (or swim-lane diagrams).

Feature included

Feature included

Sketch your Azure or Amazon Web Services architecture with access to hundreds of Azure and AWS shapes​

Feature included

Feature included

Illustrate how devices and networks all work together with a variety of basic and detailed network templates, shapes, and connector tools

Feature included

Feature included

Visualize your systems and software using a rich repository of IT content including Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) and UML Diagrams

Feature included

Feature included

Model the behavior of systems and functions of a process with Specification and Description Language (SDL)

Feature included

Visualize your organizational structure using org chart templates and samples

Feature included

Brainstorm and organize your ideas visually using mind maps

Feature included

Represent business processes graphically with a rich set of Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and Integration Definition for Process Modeling (IDEF0) content

Feature included

Quickly create high-fidelity mockups and prototypes of your websites with web and mobile wireframes

Feature included

Bring your architecture designs to life with a rich library of floor plan templates and samples

Feature included

Get an overhead view of your office space, residential area, or public transportation route with templates for office layouts and directional maps

Feature included

Access templates and sample diagrams that cover core education and extracurricular activities, including algebra, chemistry, physics, music, and sports

Feature included

Communicate project schedules, tasks, and progress with timeline diagrams, Gantt charts, and Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) charts

Feature included

Create accurate, detailed business diagrams with templates for IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) diagramsPivot DiagramsSix Sigma, and value stream maps

Feature included

Create detailed engineering diagrams with templates for basic electrical and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID)

Feature included

Develop clear and professional design plans with templates for HVAC plans and plant layout

Feature included

Simplify your system design process with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and rack diagrams

Feature included

Design a SharePoint workflow in Visio or import a workflow from SharePoint Designer for Visio to generate a diagram3

Feature included

Use containers to visually group your Visio shapes together and perform operations on the group

Feature included

Access more than 250,000 shapes through the online content ecosystem in Visio

Feature included

Access a rich repository of partner-created diagrams for a variety of industries

Feature included

3 Requires an Office 365 commercial or standalone subscription to SharePoint

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Accessibility, security, and compliance

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Get accessibility support with Narrator, Accessibility Checker, and high-contrast support

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Help secure diagrams with Microsoft Information Rights Management (IRM)4

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Support compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

View .vsd files created in Visio 2000 and later versions

Feature included

Feature included

Feature included

Edit .vsd files created in Visio 2000 and later versions

Feature included

4 Setting IRM permissions is only available in the Visio desktop app; however, those permissions are honored for Visio files stored online and accessed through the Visio web app

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Standards support

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Get support for UML 2.5 process standards

Feature included

Feature included

Get extended support for various process standards in Visio desktop, including BPMN 2.0, and IEEE

Feature included

Validate diagrams using built-in and extendable business rules

Feature included

Import DWG files, including enhanced file format support

Feature included

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Connecting diagrams to data

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Create diagrams from Excel data starting from Visio5

Feature included

Apply a rich set of data graphics, icons, and colors to visualize data

Feature included

Link diagram shapes to data from multiple sources, including Excel, SharePoint lists, and SQL Server

Feature included

Generate org charts from data sources like Excel, Exchange, or Azure Active Directory6

Feature included

5 Requires a license for the desktop version of Office apps

6 Data connectivity to these sources requires an Office 365 subscription for Excel, Exchange, or SharePoint; Exchange and SharePoint can also be purchased as their own subscription; SQL Server and Azure Active Directory are sold separately, too

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Integrations with Microsoft 365 apps

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Export parts of your diagram to PowerPoint for easy sharing and consumption

Feature included

Automatically export Visio process diagrams, including shapes and their metadata, to Word

Feature included

Export Visio workflows to Power Automate to quickly automate business processes7

Feature included

5 Requires a license for the desktop version of Office apps

7 Requires a Power Automate subscription

Key:  Feature included  Included       Feature not included Partially included

Desktop version of Visio app for PC

Visio in Microsoft 365

Visio Plan 1

Visio Plan 2

Fully installed and always up-to-date version of Visio for Windows PC8

Feature included

Each user can install the Visio desktop app on up to 5 PCs

Feature included

8 Requires a Power Automate subscription

See this page to buy one of the versioned Visio products.

Standard versus Professional editions of Visio

Both editions come with templates to help you get started. The Professional edition helps you make more kinds of drawings: 

Standard

Standard edition includes:

  • Flowcharts: Basic, cross-functional, workflow

  • Schedules: Timeline, calendar, Gantt, PERT

  • Networking: Basic network diagram

  • Maps, floor plans: office layout, directional map

  • Business: org chart, TQM, EPC, marketing, cause & effect, brainstorming, fault-tree analysis, audit, graphs

  • Multipurpose: Block diagram, numerous shapes

Professional

Professional edition includes everything in the Standard edition, plus:

  • Engineering: basic electrical, piping, instrumentation, fluid power, systems, industrial controls, circuits and logic, process flow, parts and assembly

  • Software & database: Website, UML, database model, enterprise app, wireframes, data flow, program structure, web site map

  • Flowcharts: BPMN, SDL, IDEF0/1, SharePoint workflow

  • Networking: Rack, detailed network, LDAP directory, Active Directory

  • Maps, floor plans: electrical and telecom, reflected ceiling, home, space, HVAC, plant layout, security and access, floor plan, plumbing and piping, site

  • Business: value stream map, pivot diagram, six sigma, ITIL

Tools for collaboration and for linking data to your drawings are also included.

Feature comparison

The following tables include information about the single-purchase desktop versions of Visio. They also include information about the Visio Plan 2 subscription for comparison purposes.

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Create anything visually

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio 2019

Visio Plan 2

Versatile templates and thousands of shapes

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved Feature included

Smart shapes for maps and floor plans

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Ability to import DWG and DXF files into Visio

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved

Sub-processes to break complex processes into manageable pieces

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Option to validate diagrams using built-in and extendable business rules

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Easy shape customization

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Container to classify shapes

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Support for various process standards, including Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 2.0

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

New electrical solution with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) compliance

Feature included Feature included Feature included

New UML templates conforming to Unified Modeling Language (UML) 2.5 standard

Feature included Feature included

Work with AutoCAD drawings

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved

Easy access to third-party templates and sample diagrams

Feature included Feature included

Create a database model from an existing database

Feature included Feature included

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Bring diagrams to life with data linking

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio 2019

Visio Plan 2

Ability to link diagram shapes to data from multiple sources, including Excel, Excel Services, SharePoint Lists, SharePoint Business Connectivity Services, and SQL Server

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Ability to apply an extensive set of data graphics and colors to visualize data

Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Automatic creation of data legends, providing a key for applied data graphics

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Ability to refresh data automatically, either on a defined schedule or manually

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Automatic generation of organizational charts from data sources like Excel, Exchange, or Active Directory

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Rapid data connectivity with Excel tables and ability to swap data graphics with one click

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Get started easily

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio 2019

Visio Plan 2

Intuitive drawing experience—flyout shapes, inserting and deleting shapes with connection healing, and changing shapes while preserving diagram layout and shape metadata

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Publish to Visio viewer

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Auto align and space

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Easy-to-apply themes to create modern diagrams quickly

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Shape effect options—shadow, bevel, glow, and others

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Starter Diagrams and contextual tips and tricks

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Tell Me support to search and navigate through commands

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Draw tab—use finger or pen to draw and annotate

Feature included Feature included

Create wireframe diagrams for websites

Feature included

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Collaborate throughout the process

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio 2019

Visio Plan 2

In-app commenting on a diagram or shape

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Co-authoring—two or more people working on a single diagram at the same time (Requires Microsoft 365 or SharePoint)

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Ability to use presence awareness and visibility to IM or call other people (Requires Skype for Business or other compliant IM client)

Feature not included Feature improved Feature improved Feature improved

Secured diagrams with Microsoft file protection technologies

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Delve support for team document discovery

Feature included Feature included

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Communicate one version of the truth

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio 2019

Visio Plan 2

Easy diagram sharing and access with the new web app (Requires eligible SKUs from Microsoft 365, SharePoint Online, or OneDrive for Business)

Feature included Feature included Feature included Feature included

Intuitive pan and zoom to view shapes in full fidelity with the new web app or iPad app (Requires eligible SKUs from Microsoft 365, SharePoint Online, or OneDrive for Business)

Feature included Feature included Feature included Feature included

Hyperlink to a web page or diagram file in the new web app

Feature included Feature included Feature included Feature included

Ability to search shape text in the new iPad app

Feature included Feature included Feature included Feature included

Ability to switch layers on and off in the new iPad app

Feature included Feature included Feature included Feature included

No-code dashboard with the new web app (Requires eligible SKUs from Microsoft 365 or SharePoint Online)

Feature included Feature included Feature included Feature included

Feature included  Feature is new    Feature improved  Feature is improved    Feature not included  Feature is included

Simplify IT management

Visio 2010

Visio 2013

Visio 2016

Visio 2019

Visio Plan 2

Backwards compatibility to open a Visio 2013, Visio 2010, Visio 2007, Visio 2003, or Visio 2000 file

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Availability through Microsoft 365 as a subscription

Feature not included

Roaming application—ability to install Visio temporarily on a Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 PC

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included

Touch support on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 PCs

Feature not included Feature not included Feature not included Feature improved

Compatibility with Windows 10

Feature included Feature included Feature included

Ability to have an Office-like experience, including Dark Theme support

Feature included Feature included Feature included

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